Women’s basketball: Virginia travels to Duke on Thursday

virginia basketballThe Virginia women’s basketball team (13-9, 3-5 ACC) plays at Duke (16-7, 5-4 ACC) on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. in Durham, N.C.

All of the 2015-16 Virginia women’s basketball games – home and away – are available locally on NewsRadio WINA 1070 AM and 98.9 FM and streaming online at wina.com and VirginiaSports.com with Channing Poole calling the action. The game will also be streamed live online on ESPN3.

Duke is currently ranked seventh in the ACC standings with Virginia right behind in eighth place.

UVA has lost four of its last five games including a 63-52 setback at NC State last Thursday (Jan. 27). Duke has won four of its last five games, including four in a row prior to a 68-61 loss to No. 3 Notre Dame on Monday night.

Junior Breyana Mason (Woodbridge, Va.) scored 11 points with six rebounds and three assists at NC State. In the last four games, Mason is averaging a team-best 14.6 points per game, shooting 55.0 percent (33-of-60) and is 4-of-7 (57.1 percent) from three-point range.

Sophomore Mikayla Venson (Arlington, Va.) scored 14 points, her 14th double-digit scoring effort in the last 15 games. Venson ranks seventh in the ACC in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game. Venson is averaging that same 15.1 points per game in conference contests.

Virginia has lost the last 22 meetings against Duke and 27 of the last 28. Duke’s Azura Stevens is second in the ACC in scoring (19.1 points per game) and leads the conference in rebounding (9.4 rebounds per game).      Virginia head coach Joanne Boyle was a four-year-letterwinner at Duke, graduating in 1985 with a degree in economics. Boyle also served as an assistant coach at Duke from 1993 to 2002. During that nine-year span the Blue Devils recorded a 225-121 record, advancing to the NCAA Championships the last eight seasons and making Final Four appearances in 1999 and 2002.

 

The Cavaliers will be back at home at John Paul Jones Arena on Sunday, Feb. 7, hosting Virginia Tech at 2 p.m.Sunday’s game is a Commonwealth Clash game. The Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529 is a head-to-head, points-based competition between the athletic teams at University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.  The Commonwealth Clash encourages a friendly, statewide rivalry between the two schools across all school-sponsored sports with 21 individual event points on the line.  The school that accumulates 11 points or more will be crowned the winner and take home the Virginia529 Commonwealth Clash trophy. This year’s current score is UVA – 3.5 and VT – 3.

Single-game ticket prices for all home games are $10 for Reserved seating, $8 for adult General Admission and $6 for youth (18 & under), senior (60 & over) and UVA faculty/staff General Admission. Fans may purchase home game tickets through the Virginia Athletics Ticket Office online at VirginiaSports.com, by phone and in person. The Virginia Athletics Ticket Office is located in Bryant Hall at Scott Stadium and openMonday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Telephone purchases can be made by calling 1-800-542-UVA1 (8821) or locally at 434-924-UVA1 (8821).


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